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Authors Warren LE, Mendlinger SE, Corso KA, Greenberg CC
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Journal Breast J Volume: 18 Issue: 1 Pages: 69-72
Publish Date 2012 Jan-Feb
PubMed ID 22226068
PMC ID 3465946

To meaningfully participate in the decision-making regarding a newly diagnosed breast cancer, a patient must acquire new knowledge. We describe a model of knowledge acquisition that can provide a framework for exploring the process and types of knowledge that breast cancer patients gain following their diagnosis. The four types of knowledge presented in this model-authoritative, technical, embodied, and traditional-are described and potential sources discussed. An understanding of knowledge acquisition in early stage breast cancer patients can provide healthcare practitioners with an important framework for optimizing decision-making in this population.

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